BRUSSELS — The European Union on Saturday urged Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak to end the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators and
release all political prisoners.
In what appeared to be an effort
to distance the bloc from Mubarak's regime, EU President Herman Van
Rompuy said on Saturday that the EU was "deeply troubled" by the spiral
of violence in Egypt.
Van Rompuy said he hoped Mubarak's promises of reform "will translate into concrete action."
EU has traditionally had close relations with the Egyptian government
as part of its partnerships with countries on the eastern and southern
rims of the Mediterranean.